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Students in Kentucky taking a Common Core math test. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Greater Expectations

The United States is in the midst of a huge education reform. The Common Core State Standards are a new set of expectations for what students should learn each year in school. The standards have been adopted by most states, though there's plenty of controversy about them among activists and politicians. Most teachers, however, actually like the standards. This American RadioWorks documentary takes listeners into classrooms to explore how the standards are changing teaching and learning. Teachers say Common Core has the potential to help kids who are behind, as well as those who are ahead. But many teachers have big concerns about the Common Core tests. The new, tougher tests are meant to let the nation know how kids are really doing in school -- but bad scores could get teachers and principals fired.

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    Teachers embrace the Common Core

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  • 08.28.14

    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

    New York teacher Kevin Glynn was once a big fan of the Common Core, but he says the standardized testing that's come along with it is reducing students to test scores and narrowing what gets taught in schools.
  • 08.28.14

    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

    New Common Core tests are supposed to measure students' ability to think critically, analyze information, and cite evidence as well as test their conceptual understanding of mathematics and their ability to apply math to the real world. See how you'd do on a Common Core test.
  • 08.28.14

    Questioning the Common Core tests

    In the United States, education standards come with tests. Most students haven't been tested on the Common Core yet. But in one state where they have, the controversy is so intense that it's threatening to bring down the Common Core altogether.

American RadioWorks |
Students in Kentucky taking a Common Core math test. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Greater Expectations

The United States is in the midst of a huge education reform. The Common Core State Standards are a new set of expectations for what students should learn each year in school. The standards have been adopted by most states, though there's plenty of controversy about them among activists and politicians. Most teachers, however, actually like the standards. This American RadioWorks documentary takes listeners into classrooms to explore how the standards are changing teaching and learning. Teachers say Common Core has the potential to help kids who are behind, as well as those who are ahead. But many teachers have big concerns about the Common Core tests. The new, tougher tests are meant to let the nation know how kids are really doing in school -- but bad scores could get teachers and principals fired.

Recent Posts

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 08.28.14

    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

    New York teacher Kevin Glynn was once a big fan of the Common Core, but he says the standardized testing that's come along with it is reducing students to test scores and narrowing what gets taught in schools.
  • 08.28.14

    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

    New Common Core tests are supposed to measure students' ability to think critically, analyze information, and cite evidence as well as test their conceptual understanding of mathematics and their ability to apply math to the real world. See how you'd do on a Common Core test.
  • 08.28.14

    Questioning the Common Core tests

    In the United States, education standards come with tests. Most students haven't been tested on the Common Core yet. But in one state where they have, the controversy is so intense that it's threatening to bring down the Common Core altogether.

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MORELLA, CONSTANCE A, Republican Party
Maryland

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $60,701.60

Average cost per trip - $6,744.62
Total number of days spent traveling - 57 days
Rank of representative - 91 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 17, 2000 - April 22, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S. policy toward Cuba
Notes - Took husband Anthony Morella - "other" is for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,608.60
Lodging Cost - $2,240.00
Meal Cost - $1,620.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $5,568.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 18, 2000 - February 22, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - To attend a conference entitled "The Convergence of U.S. National Security and the Global Environment"
Notes - Took child Laura Morella

Travel Cost - $2,289.60
Lodging Cost - $1,924.00
Meal Cost - $2,560.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,773.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 29, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Florence, Italy

Purpose - to participate in a conference on the convergence of US national security and the global environment
Notes - other costs are for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $4,985.60
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $2,560.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $9,745.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 19, 2001 - August 26, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - to participate in a conference on U.S.-Russian relations.
Notes - spouse Anthony Morella accompanied

Travel Cost - $3,559.60
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $3,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,259.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Codel Gilman
Dates - January 22, 2001 - January 30, 2001 (9 days)
Location(s) - Italy - Greece - Israel - Ireland

Purpose - to meet with foreign leaders to discuss issues of mutual concern
Notes - Transportation was provided by the military. Rep. Morella accepted a per-diem expenses are not broken down into separate categories, lodging, meals, etc…

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $2,397.00
Total Cost - $2,397.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - 2001 Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - spouse Anthony Morella accompanied. Meal expenses are included in lodging costs.

Travel Cost - $253.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,203.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 29, 2002 - April 7, 2002 (10 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - participate in a conference on US-China relations
Notes - spouse Anthony Morella accompanied. Transportation cost includes $1000 ground transportation

Travel Cost - $11,679.00
Lodging Cost - $1,800.00
Meal Cost - $2,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $15,479.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 10, 2002 - January 15, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - participate in a conference on Islam.
Notes - spouse Anthony Morella accompanied. Transportation cost includes air and ground transportation.

Travel Cost - $1,496.20
Lodging Cost - $2,925.00
Meal Cost - $2,400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,821.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 15, 2002 - February 18, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - participate in a conference on education
Notes - spouse Anthony Morella accompanied. lodging expenses include meals.

Travel Cost - $2,744.00
Lodging Cost - $1,710.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,454.00

Additional family members - Yes

American RadioWorks |
Students in Kentucky taking a Common Core math test. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Greater Expectations

The United States is in the midst of a huge education reform. The Common Core State Standards are a new set of expectations for what students should learn each year in school. The standards have been adopted by most states, though there's plenty of controversy about them among activists and politicians. Most teachers, however, actually like the standards. This American RadioWorks documentary takes listeners into classrooms to explore how the standards are changing teaching and learning. Teachers say Common Core has the potential to help kids who are behind, as well as those who are ahead. But many teachers have big concerns about the Common Core tests. The new, tougher tests are meant to let the nation know how kids are really doing in school -- but bad scores could get teachers and principals fired.

Recent Posts

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 08.28.14

    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

    New York teacher Kevin Glynn was once a big fan of the Common Core, but he says the standardized testing that's come along with it is reducing students to test scores and narrowing what gets taught in schools.
  • 08.28.14

    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

    New Common Core tests are supposed to measure students' ability to think critically, analyze information, and cite evidence as well as test their conceptual understanding of mathematics and their ability to apply math to the real world. See how you'd do on a Common Core test.
  • 08.28.14

    Questioning the Common Core tests

    In the United States, education standards come with tests. Most students haven't been tested on the Common Core yet. But in one state where they have, the controversy is so intense that it's threatening to bring down the Common Core altogether.